What are the Penalties for Attempted Crimes?

Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 16-Oct-2015

Many people are surprised to learn that even if a crime has not been completed, the very act of attempting to commit a crime is, in itself, a crime according to state and federal law. What does it mean to attempt a crime? An attempt is defined not only as intending to commit a crime, but also taking steps toward completing it, even if those steps proved ineffective. Because the potential to cause serious malfeasance existed, people who attempt to commit crimes that never came to fruition are still seen as criminals in the eyes of the law.

The seriousness of the crime will dictate the amount of punishment a person is likely to receive. Typically, a person will be sentenced to one-half of the sentence that they would have received had the crime actually been completed, with some exceptions:

  • Premeditated murder attempts are punished by a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole
  • A person can be sentenced to five, seven, or nine years imprisonment for crimes with a maximum sentence of life in prison

If you have found yourself in this situation, you should know that you have a right to a legal defense. When you choose to work with an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from our firm, you may be able to avoid penalties through a number of possible defensive strategies. Speak with an attorney at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners to learn more about what defenses may be possible in your case.

A criminal conviction, whether for theft crimes, murder, drug trafficking, or any other type of infraction, could have enormous repercussions on your future. If you are being accused of a crime that you did not actually carry out, Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners stands ready to assist you. We encourage you assert your right to quality legal counsel by getting in touch with our firm today.

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